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Report: pack meeting – rafting

On 14 June 2017 we took our pack meeting to Ashington so that we could do some rafting. On what was a very warm evening we had a great turnout and built 3 rafts with help from the Ashington scout leaders.

We started by working on building the rafts themselves. Because of our numbers we had three teams, each working with the Ashington leaders. After a few clove hitches and lashings to make the frame the blue plastic barrels were fixed on.

Before the Cubs could head to the water there was the all important safety briefing during which they were fitted with their buoyancy aids. Then it was time to get the rafts in the water. At first all was well as the Cubs paddled their way around the island but then a few slipped off the rafts into the water. By the end of the evening the rafts were forgotten and all the Cubs were in the water – with their buoyancy aids of course.

 

We’re very grateful to the leaders from Ashington for providing us with such an enjoyable evening.

Those that follow us on Instagram were able to keep up to date with photos during the evening.

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Click the album to see our pictures from our rafting evening

Google has changed the way it displays our photos so click on the first one and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

Points competition – May 2017

With a 5 week month including St George’s Day parade the scores are high again.

At the end of the month the mighty Blues managed to hang onto the Best Six crown for the third consecutive month although this time it was the Yellows that were snapping at their heels.

Our Cub of the Month was Emily who completed several badges at home during the Easter holidays and earned those important extra  points.

For more about how the competition works see our points competition page.

Pack meeting – 14 June – rafting

In our planning session last term the Cubs asked for more water activities. On Wednesday 14 June we will be holding our pack meeting in Ashington so that we can do rafting. There will be no Cubs on Tuesday 13 June.

When: 14 June, 6.30pm to 8pm

Where:  Church farm, Ashington – the entrance to which is situated next to the church and directly opposite the scout hut. Address is Church Lane, Ashington, Pulborough RH20 3JX.
Cars can be parked inside the entrance to the farm on hard standing, it is then a 5 minute walk up to the lake. We will meet at the entrance and then all go to the lake together so please do not drive up to the lake.
Dauxwood Cubs visited last week and have sent us the following additional directions –
go to the end of Church Lane, take the private road alongside the left of the church, then park just inside the double gates on the left and then walk up between the barns along the track for about 5 minutes until you reach the larger pond by the tree line.” 

Wear: clothes & footwear you are happy to get wet/muddy. Ideally shorts and t-shirts or wet suits with old trainers/beach shoes if you have them. Warm, dry clothes and shoes for afterwards – tracksuit bottoms and a fleece usually work well. Bring a towel and a bag for wet clothes. Note that uniform is not required.

Bring:  In addition to a change of clothes and a towel you should bring a water bottle.

Cost: There is no additional charge for this event – we are meeting the cost from our funds.

Safety: The activity will take place in a lake which has mud, ducks, weed etc. All participants will be required to wear a buoyancy aid when on or in the water.

Paperwork: Please let us know if you are able to attend by registering for the evening on My Scout.
Everybody can take part, even if you are a non-swimmer. However, the team providing the event need to know and as usual we need your permission and a contact number for the evening. Scout activity rules for water activities have a swimming standard which is that you can swim 50m and float for 5 minutes when wearing the clothes you would use for the activity – including buoyancy aids. We have included a box for you to make that declaration. Please complete our online form before the event.

 

 

Report: pack meeting at Slinfold Aerodrome

On 25 May 2017 we took our pack meeting to Slinfold Aerodrome, a privately owned grass aerodrome tucked away near Broadbridge Heath.

We had been rather worried that moving our meeting to a Thursday would reduce our numbers but in fact 24 Cubs attended on a gloriously warm evening.

We started with a safety briefing including the dangers posed by propellers and the fact that the runway was “live” for planes to land (even though none were expected). We then divided into sixes to see the planes. With Chris and Laurie on hand we were able to look into two of the planes while the other sixes walked up the runway to the wind sock.

After a refreshing drink of squash under the trees we swapped over the groups. All the Cubs got the chance to sit in the cockpit of one of the planes and ask whatever questions came to mind.

The visit was arranged by Keego who said “we were looking for somewhere to visit to complete that part of the air activities badge. I just happened to walk my dog down the path that crosses the airfield and saw Laurie maintaining his plane. I’d no idea the airfield was there “.

We’re very grateful to Chris and Laurie and the Slinfold team for allowing us to visit and for making us so welcome.

Those that follow us on Instagram were able to keep up to date with photos during the evening.

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Click the album to see our pictures from the airfield

Google has changed the way it displays our photos so click on the first one and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

Report: Police visit

On 9 May 2017 we welcomed Sergeant MacPherson from the Metropolitan Police to our pack meeting to help us with part of the “our world” challenge.

Things started off quietly with a talk about what the Police do. We were just hearing how to describe a suspect (start at the top and work down) when the door opened and we were face to face with a stripy legged flag swiper who seemed to be rather enjoying herself. She quickly took our flag and was gone in a flash (on her scooter) taking us all rather by surprise.

We quickly got the Cubs working on writing a description. It had all happened so quickly but they did really well. You can see the picture but do you know what she was holding? A rolling pin and a torch. What about tucked into her apron? A tea towel.

Then we had the chance to take our finger (and palm) prints. Fortunately the black ink is water-based these days so washed off quite easily.

Ali had brought a range of uniforms in his big bag so the Cubs were able to try on a few different bits. We took the opportunity to dress Akela in riot gear and then staged our own mini riot to test out the equipment.

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Click the album to see our pictures

Remember to click on the picture and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos